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13
Jan
2019

A Personal Declaration

by Andy Andrews

Knowing that all those who “arrive” have to begin where they are, I choose to begin now. At this moment, I will do something. 

For too long, I have allowed fearful thoughts to dominate my life. Now I recognize fear as a misuse of the creative imagination that has been placed inside me. In the past, I have allowed fear to shove all hope aside. No more!  Fear no longer has any power to stop me from doing what I know to be right and true. I am no longer afraid. I am courageous. Right now, I will do something. 

The person who faces no hardships gains no strength. Though I do not look for hardship, I am grateful for its results, for I have grown mighty in soil mixed with troubles. My roots are now deep. My mind and my heart have become powerful. A beautiful flower cannot be created without fertilizer. A dazzling gem cannot be polished without great friction. I have taken the fertilizer and the friction and I am better because of it. Now it is time for me to do something. 

I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I can do something right now. Never again will I allow what I cannot do to interfere with what I can do. Circumstances are rulers of the weak. I am not weak. Neither discouragement nor despair will stop me from doing something and doing it now.  I am strong-minded. I can make myself do something I would rather not do, in order to get a result that I do want. I will do something. And I will do it now. 

 My life, which was once a question mark, is now a statement. Stormy seas do not scare me, for I am the calm in the storm. My past is behind me and my future is bright because I now know the secret of the present. I will do something and I will do it now. 

Right now, I will do something for my family. Right now, I will do something for my friends. Right now, I will do something for those who do not even know my name. For my family, my friends, and the strangers of the world are valuable in my Creator's sight. I will let them know that I recognize that fact by my actions. I now know that my smile, my words, and my attitude are actions. They are all under my control. I am prepared to run my race. I am ready to hit the mark. I will now do my part in restoring humanity to the pathway toward successful civilization. 

 I will do something. And I will do it right now.

 

Andy Andrews appears this Thursday on LIFE TODAY. This is an excerpt from The Traveler’s Summit by Andy Andrews. Copyright © 2010, 2018 by Andy Andrews. Published by W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.